Author Archives: robinna

What’s up with wolfram alpha?

Interesting little post about wolfram alpha and plans for the future: But Alpha may yet confound the sceptics. Last month, Wolfram released an application programming interface, or API, that allows anybody to build software or websites that use Alpha’s abilities. “Alpha is a technology platform that allows one to inject computable knowledge into any application or computer system,” says Wolfram. and it’s partnering with bing… ...

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Blue beanie day — support the semantic web

Arches @ noon. Nov. 30.The 3rd annual Blue Beanie Day will be celebrated on Monday, November 30th, 2009see http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136079874938 On Monday, November 30, 2009 thousands of Standardistas (people who support web standards) will wear a Blue Beanie to show their support for accessible, semantic web content. Join the fun! The 2009 event page is here:http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136079874938 It’s easy to show your support for web design done ...

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Join us — new Drupal and Expression Engine Groups

Hola! I’m chairing the ATHDrupal group and for now, I am just “helping” the EEATH group (I hope a Chair rises organically in the group).ATHDrupal is a new regional Drupal group (forming out of the ashes of UGA Drupal Group). We would like to invite anyone interested in Drupal to join us. We hope to have some f2f meetings — perhaps, semesterly (and also, to ...

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Mendeley, a global IR?

Some of you probably know about this project….————“Mendeley offers a secure online database for scientists, academics and researchers to store their research papers in the ‘cloud’, making it easier to share those documents with their peers but there’s an important ’social’ element too (if that’s the right word).”……………“[UK] London-based Mendeley, which calls itself “the Last.fm of research”, has announced that it’s reached something of a ...

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You think you have a culture of innovation? Are you sure?

As the Chair of the Emerging Technologies Group for the Libraries, I sometimes struggle with what the group members (including me) should be doing — are we a “thinking” body or a “doing” body? Do we just do research and make recommendations? Or do we try to implement/move forward our recommendations, and to what degree? How do we facilitate innovation? How do we facilitate new ...

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Social media in libraries survey

My Group (Emerging Technologies Group) is taking the survey today.--------------Please forward this survey to library colleagues, state library association listservs, or others who may be interested. Thank you for taking time to respond to this survey on American libraries using Social Media tools for PR/Marketing. It should only take 10-15 minutes to complete. It is a follow up to a survey of the same type ...

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Reflections on training

Sigh, I will never agree to do anything on Monday again — it’s just too difficult. Anyhow, I will post the ppt to the cataloging tools presentation shortly. Considering how much training I’ve done over the years (some by choice, some not), I know a few things about teaching and training: You can’t train the untrainable — We all meet people who are disengaged and ...

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Lawsuit against Facebook

I wonder how many more lawsuits are out there pending against facebook? And to answer my question, this is actually a followup to earlier legal action. This one accuses Facebook of “conspir[ing] with Blockbuster to violate a federal law protecting customer video-rental and sale records.” According to the article the previous law suit (which resulted in a settlement on Facebook’s part), “some 44 companies agreed ...

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